Egyptian media tycoon arrested over sexual assault on girls

Egyptian media tycoon arrested over sexual assault on girls at orphanage
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08 January, 2022
Two girls from an orphanage in Beni Suef governorate accused Amin of molesting them, Egypt’s state owned al-Ahram newspaper reported.
Egyptian authorities detained Mohamed al-Amin for four days on Friday [Getty]

An Egyptian businessman and media figure has been arrested on charges of human trafficking and abusing girls at an orphanage in Upper Egypt, Egyptian media reported on Saturday.

Mohamed al-Amin was arrested at his villa in Cairo after authorities received a report against him, which prompted investigations and the taking of statements from his alleged victims, the Egypt Independent reported.

Two girls from an orphanage in Beni Suef governorate accused Amin of molesting them, Egypt’s state owned al-Ahram newspaper reported.

Amin reported to the offices of Egypt’s Public Prosecution for questioning on Friday, after which it was decided that he would be detained for four days.

The arrest of Amin, who is the founder of the CBC channel group, Modern Sport, the Arab News Agency (ANA) and Al-Nahar TV, comes amid an apparent push by Egyptian authorities to prosecute perpetrators of sexual violence.

Under Egyptian law, sexual assault carries a minimum prison sentence of seven years, with the possibility of life imprisonment. Human trafficking also carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.

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